[Note to readers: I’m still toying with a number of ideas for regular features that will give the blog the kind of daily rhythm Steve brought to it, so bear with me. For today, here are a few items from my morning reading that might provide a good accompaniment to your mid-day repast:]

Jon Chait meditates on the extraordinary power of Sheldon Adelson (and his wife) to keep Newt Gingrich in the presidential race, and asks us to “Imagine a sitting President trying to make a fair judgment about a policy decision impacting the businessman who single-handedly financed his entire election.”

WaPo has a sizable report on a big new study of DC schools commissioned by mayor Vincent Gray which will likely upset defenders of “traditional public schools” and enthuse boosters of charter public schools.

WaPo’s also got results of a survey ranking Our Nation’s Capital as America’s third-rudest city, after New York and Miami. Imagine that.

E.J. Graff has a very good summary of the background and implications of the new HHS policy expanding insurance coverage of contraceptives as preventive services.

It turns out that President John Tyler, who was born in the eighteenth century and made his last major appearance on the national scene as a member of the Confederate House of Representatives, still has two living grandchildren.

And for dessert, since I did a post earlier mentioning the South’s obsession with college football recruiting, here’s a link to Spencer Hall’s hilarious “beginner’s guide” to the subject.


Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.